Tony Scott has slammed the Everton players for the way they performed under Sean Dyche this weekend compared to when Frank Lampard was in charge.
The Lowdown: An instant change
Everton got off to the perfect start under Dyche by picking up three points in front of their home crowd while also managing to register a clean sheet, just their fifth of the entire season.
What will have also pleased the Everton faithful is how much effort was put into the game by their players, who ran further against Arsenal than they had in any other Premier League game this season.
However, not everyone is entirely pleased by the effort and commitment showed on Saturday, as Scott believes they had been cheating Lampard before he was sacked by not putting in the same effort.
The Latest: Players must look at themselves
Scott didn’t hold back in his criticism of this crop of Everton players for what they didn’t do under Lampard on the All Together Now podcast.
He said: “Everton players ran more than they’ve ever done this season, so it can’t be all down to the manager. A lot of them players have basically cheated us all season. You can’t just switch it on like that because a new manager turns up.
“A lot of players have got to look at themselves and go, why have we run further for one manager and not the previous one?”
The Verdict: Dyche looking to get more out of this squad
It will be a worry for Evertonians that the players can seemingly turn their effort levels up whenever they please and seemingly can also turn them down, so if they start to lose games under Dyche, they may well start to take their foot off the gas.
However, given that Dyche has already put down some ground rules at Finch Farm, including no snoods or hats to be worn, it would be wise for the Everton players to keep their standards at 100%.
It’s no surprise that the Everton players ran further than they had all season, as one of the first things Dyche got his players to do was a gruelling bleep test to ensure he could measure everyone’s fitness levels and get them ready for a tough game against Arsenal. Whether they can sustain these levels of commitment remains to be seen.